Hans Zimmer

Movie Soundtracks

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  • He was born in Germany, and started playing piano from a young age
  • Zimmer never went to college jumping straight into the music industry by playing piano and synthesizer for the Buggles.
  • During this time, he began composing and eventually found people wanting his music for movies for hit films.
  • From this, his career escalated and is widely considered the most popular soundtrack composer today.
  • Awards: Critics Choice for Best Composer, Academy Award for Best Original Score, BMI Film Music Award and many more

Film That Started Their Career

The first film that Zimmer composed for was The Rain Man

Top Films

  • The Amazing Spider-man 2
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Inception
  • Intersteller
  • Madagascar
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (various films)
  • Sherlock Holmes

Characteristics of Soundtrack Music

  • Usually consists of an orchestra
  • Music usually represents what is happening in the movie/tv show.
  • Can sometimes have a choir or vocals

Brief Summary of Inception

Dom Cobb is a thief that has the rare ability to enter people's dreams and look at their secrets. However, through this, he loses everything he loves. However, he has the chance to redeem himself when he is given the seemingly impossible mission to plant a thought/idea in a person's mind, and the movie is about the struggles that Dom Cobb goes through during this mission.

Inception- "Time"

"Time"- Composed by Hans Zimmer

S- piano, percussion, strings, brass, electric guitar

H- percussion, brass, electric guitar

M- piano, strings

R- slow, in 4

G- soft, moderate, loud, soft


1 Theme

Genre- Soundtrack

Hans Zimmer - Time (Inception)


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